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Benefits of Hiring a Professional Snow Plow Company

Winter is here. Unfortunately, there is no avoiding what Mother Nature has in store for all of us here in the snow capital of the northeast. Commercial property owners need to be sure that driveways, walkways, and parking lots are safe during these long, cold winter months in New England. Keeping those surfaces free from snow, ice and black ice can be a never ending task that could take up your precious time. Slips and falls are common on walkways and driveways that have not been cleared completely and treated with ice melt. Let Pro-Tech Lawn Care take care of your plowing needs this snowy season. Here are a few reasons why hiring our team is the smart way to go.

 

  • No More Worry – During a snowstorm you don’t have to worry about clearing the snow in front of your property. Now, no matter how much Mother Nature has to throw at us your business can be safe.
  • Risks of Accidents Decreases – Hiring a professional to remove the snow and salt when appropriate can greatly reduce the risk of any slips or falls that you may be held liable for.
  • No Equipment Cost – By hiring a professional snow plow removal company, you no longer need to buy and service a snow blower, shovel, salter and other pricey equipment. We have everything to quickly take care of your snow piles.
  • Fast, Reliable Service – Our plow drivers are up with the storm staying ahead of the needs of our clients. You don’t have to think about making time to shovel and plow during the night or during the operation hours of your business – that’s what we are there for!  
  • Keep Your Business Running – No one wants to chance visiting a business if they have to wade through snow or traverse slippery walkways. We can keep your business running no matter how “wicked” the weather gets.

 

Call Pro-Tech to make arrangements for your business to be plowed this winter.

Avoiding Salt Damage this Winter

Winter can be rough. The wind, snow, sleet and freezing rain can be not only hazardous to drive in, but also fairly treacherous to walk (or more likely shuffle) from your car to your front door, or even just around your property. Homeowners typically battle the slippery sidewalks, walkways and steps by spreading ample amounts of rock salt on hardscapes. This wondrous product can melt any form of precipitation in no time flat and may seem like a miracle cure for slick areas. Unfortunately, the melting power of rock salt also has corrosive characteristics. It is important to understand how rock salt can damage your lawn, plantings and bushes within a shovel-throw from your driveway. Otherwise, you may be facing damaged grass, bushes or shrubs next spring.

The first step to avoiding salt damage is understanding the basics of the salt products out there on the market. These materials are also often referred to as Ice Melt, Road Salt, Rock Salt, Ice Melter – depending on the brand. Rock salt is a type of sodium chloride. This compound can damage concrete, asphalt, and metal surfaces. Once the salt melts the snow and ice, it liquefies and runs off into the lawn and can spread to bushes and plantings when shovels full of snow/salt mixtures get thrown from the driveway. The salt can be very toxic to plants and bushes. If it is absorbed into the soil, it can kill the plant’s roots. Salt also affects the pH of soil and can create an unsuitable environment for grass plants to grow. Once the roots are affected, your lawn and plants have less of a chance of survival for the warm seasons ahead.

Knowing this, here are a few suggestions to both protect your lawn and surrounding plantings as well as stay safe walking on sidewalks, driveways and steps this winter.

  • Look for rock salt alternatives that are less corrosive in nature. There are various alternatives to rock salts such as calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. Check the ingredient list before you buy.
  • Use less rock salt. This may mean shoveling as much as possible before applying the salt or using a mixture of dirt and salt to make the slippery areas more “grippy”.
  • Use gypsum if rock salt has damaged your lawn. Gypsum helps move salt away from the roots of your lawn.
  • Shovel snow towards areas that have no grass or plantings. Avoiding piling snow on the edges of the lawn or throwing it toward bushes.
  • Try to dilute the amount of salt by adding water or snow to the heaviest salted areas.